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Karen Willis, with Dr. Kevin Sherin Sep 26, 2019
Time for Innovation in Florida Programs for Early Childhood Education
Time for Innovation in Florida Programs for Early Childhood Education

Karen Willis, CWDP, has been the Chief Executive Officer for the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, since January 2007. As CEO, Karen leads a staff of over 50, two key contractors, and over 750 early care and education providers to appropriately invest over $71M in state, federal and local funding to benefit Orange County’s youngest citizens. Prior to joining the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, Karen served as Executive Director for the Early Learning Coalition of Seminole County for 3 1/2 years.

She has over 40 years of experience in designing, managing and administering publicly funded programs at both the local and state levels – primarily those focused on services to youth, the physically challenged, and the unemployed and underemployed.

In 2012, Karen was inducted into the Florida Family Child Care Home Association Advocate Hall of Fame. She is a graduate of Leadership Brevard, Leadership Orlando, Leadership Seminole, Leadership Orange, Leadership Law, and Leadership West Orange. In 2019, Karen was named as one of Orlando Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business.

Karen currently serves as chair emeritus of the Central Florida Regional Committee for the Children’s Movement of Florida and is a past chair of the Orange County Children’s Cabinet. She is a current member of the inaugural class of Leadership Orlando 2.0, the Orange County League of Women Voters, Women’s Executive Council, the Association of Early Learning Coalitions (AELC), the West Orlando Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, East Orlando Chamber of Commerce, and Orlando, Inc..

During her tenure, the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County has been awarded Central Florida Urban League’s 2019 Cornerstone Award for Youth Empowerment and the City of Orlando’s 2019 Community Builder Award.

A resident of Orange County, FL since 1998, Karen holds a BA in Sociology from Valparaiso University, a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University, and a TQM certificate and Servant Leadership certificate from Indiana University.


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Mayor Buddy Dyer Oct 03, 2019
Update on the State of the City
Update on the State of the City

Having served Orlando’s residents as Mayor since 2003, Buddy Dyer has worked tirelessly to advance the community’s shared vision for Orlando as America’s 21st Century City. Through strategic investments, Orlando is becoming America’s new home for inclusiveness, innovation, transportation, opportunity and quality of life.

Mayor Dyer helped the community unite and heal following the June 2016 Pulse nightclub tragedy that took the lives of 49 people and injured more than 50, vowing that Orlando would not be defined by one hateful act, but instead by responding with love and compassion.

He has shaped Orlando into a desirable place to live, work, learn and play. He is leading the efforts to diversify Central Florida’s economy and create a new breed of high-tech, high-wage careers for residents in cutting-edge industries such as digital media, life sciences and biotechnology, modeling, simulation and training and aviation and aerospace.

Mayor Dyer is an advocate for the expansion of public transit and for creating an environmentally sustainable city. His commitment to bolstering police protection helped bring about the most dramatic reduction in crime in Orlando history. This focus on safety has also helped make the Orlando Fire Department one of the elite departments in the entire country.

Since his first day in office, Mayor Dyer has strived to increase cooperation and partnership between Central Florida’s many governments, its business and civic communities and its residents. The result of this effort is a new era of collaboration that has paved the way for a string of remarkable, “game-changing” accomplishments for greater Orlando in a very short period of time and has set the City on course for a more prosperous future.

 


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Pamela Carroll Oct 10, 2019
Plans for the Downtown UCF Campus

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David Murphy Oct 17, 2019
Growth of Orlando as a Distribution Center
Growth of Orlando as a Distribution Center

David Murphy is a recognized market leader in Central Florida industrial and office/flex real estate. Mr. Murphy has been named the Top Industrial Broker in Central Florida by NAIOP for 17 years and has been recognized by Real Estate Florida Magazine as one of the Top 25 Commercial Brokers in the State of Florida. In 2018, he was recognized at the CBRE National Recognition Conference as one of the top producing brokers in the firm. Additionally, he was recognized by The Business Journal's publication network as one of the Top 100 Commercial Executives nationally. Mr. Murphy combines aggressive sales skills with a strong technical real estate background. He is both a Florida Certified General Appraiser and a Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI).


Murphy has completed over One Billion Dollars ($1,000,000,000) in industrial and office/flex real estate transactions and specializes in handling the entire life cycle of an industrial real estate asset from acquisition and assisting with financing to leasing and ultimately selling the property. Mr. Murphy also represents industrial tenants and has handled many of the largest industrial leases in Florida.

 


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Belinda Rodebaugh Oct 24, 2019
Experiencing an Organ Transplant
Experiencing an Organ Transplant

Organ transplantation is a procedure and treatment for increasing numbers of patients today but the process remains high risk.  After experiencing diabetes for nearly 40 years and kidney failure for 14 years, Belinda underwent a simultaneous kidney pancreas transplant in 2009 at the University of Maryland. 

The beneficiary of a Modern Medical Miracle, Belinda will share her “Transplant Story”, including some tragic and hilarious moments in her struggle to regain her health.  She will relate many facets of the transplant experience including some not widely known.

Having demonstrated unusual ability and knowledge in managing her own disease and post-operative survival, her doctors were so impressed they frequently have referred other patients to her for assistance.  This was the beginning of her wellness coaching business.

Belinda and her husband currently live in the Sarasota area where she is a member of the Rotary Club of Siesta Key.

 


 

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